Entrepreneur brings pizza know-how back home to Banbury

Calum Bourne has started up a mobile pizzeria selling classic Neapolitan pizzas in Banbury NNL-180319-122032001
Calum Bourne has started up a mobile pizzeria selling classic Neapolitan pizzas in Banbury NNL-180319-122032001

An entrepreneurial chef is finding success bringing his skills of how to make classic Neapolitan-style pizzas to Banbury.

Calum Bourne was taught how to cook proper pizza from Napoli by an Italian chef while working in London.

The 29-year-old father decided to set up his own mobile pizzeria in his home town, and has been feeding Bodicote with his pitch in the Horse and Jockey pub car park.

“I think bringing the Neapolitan pizzas out of London was touch and go but I grew up in Banbury and I thought it’s an open-minded town and I knew it would work,” he said.

After working for a business in London, Calum told his pregnant wife Elizabeth, he was quitting to follow his dream of owning a pizzeria.

Calum eventually found work in a restaurant where a chef from Napoli showed him the Neapolitan pizza secrets.

“It’s an art form, the Italians take it very seriously so I was lucky to learn from those guys,” he said.

Having mastered the pizza, the family moved back to Bodicote in January and started selling pizzas from the pub car park, called Pizza Pronto.

“Everyone in Bodicote and the surrounding area has been very supportive and I’ve had some great feedback, I’m really pleased,” he said.

Pizza Pronto is available from 5.30pm from Wednesday to Sunday.